Meaning, inciting Buddhists

Christian warnings against Buddhism

By Alfred Bloom Emeritus Professor of Religion University of Hawaii

One of the most striking and outstanding images or symbols in the Christian New Testament is the Good Shepherd illustrated by a parable which Jesus told his disciples: Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him (Jesus). And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” And so he told them this parable: “Which one of you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?

“When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, and rejoices.

“And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost!’

“Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15: 1-7, quoting 4-7; New Revised Standard Version)

This passage offers vividly the basic principle of Christian grace or the belief that God takes the initiative in the salvation process. The image makes clear that human beings, as lost sheep, have spiritually lost their way and cannot return unless the shepherd reaches out for them and carries them to safety.

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Does Buddhism go against Christianity?

No religion goes against other religion... its the people that practice it that goes against each other.
If you're trying to find an answer so that you know which to choose, i'd advice you to stick to which ever religion you're in right now... and go all the way
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Is Buddhism against Christianity?

No, Buddhism does not have stance for or against the existence of God. That question is left to the practitioner. Many religious figures from both traditions have studied the "other side". For instance, Thomas Merton a Catholic Monk practiced Zen Buddhism while also writing a few texts such as "Zen and the Birds Appetite" or The Buddhist Monk Thich Nah Han's "Living Buddha Living Christ". More input Buddhism is not against Christianity, but they do not share ideas. Examples: Buddhists believe in reincarnation, but Christians believe in afterlife after one death. Christians believe in Je…

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